Wirtz on Blackhawks' mindset for Toews, Kane extensions

Wirtz on Blackhawks' mindset for Toews, Kane extensions
July 22, 2014, 2:15 pm
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When it came time for Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane to begin talks of contract extensions with the Chicago Blackhawks, it wasn't so much about whether they'd sign with the team — it was a matter of how quickly it would happen.

Turns out, it didn't take long at all as both players signed matching eight-year, $84 million deals this offseason that will begin at the start of the 2015-16 campaign.

Blackhawks chairman Rocky Wirtz joined CSN to discuss the team's approach to signing Toews and Kane long-term and used Bobby Hull and Stan Mikita as an example of why they wanted to get both players locked in for good.

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"I think what you have, is you have two star athletes that check their ego at the door and decide that they want to be here," he said. "I think what we were able to do is to find a way to do that. So when Bobby and Stan were together — they had different agents, different times — it certainly wasn't something — I think if Bobby had stayed around, I think they'd have a totally different outcome. But we wanted to learn something from the past, and that was that we were going to come hell or high water to get these two guys locked in.

"When people think of the Chicago Blackhawks, they'll think Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane."

Check out what else Wirtz had to say in the video above and tune in tonight at 10:30 as CSN's Chris Boden catches up with Toews and Kane.